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AMTRAK AND SAIC ANNOUNCE TRAIN CONTROL SOFTWARE AGREEMENT

 McLEAN, Va., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Amtrak and Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) have signed a marketing and licensing agreement to give SAIC worldwide marketing rights to Amtrak's Centralized Electrification and Traffic Control (CETC) software.
 "Amtrak is America's intercity passenger railroad," said Elyse G. Wander, Amtrak's vice president of corporate planning and development. "Our nationwide passenger service operates about 200 intercity trains a day, and each year almost 35 million passengers use Amtrak for transportation. In its 22 years, Amtrak has been an innovator in railroad technology and development. CETC is an innovation we are proud to offer the public."
 "SAIC, with its systems integration, software development, and transportation knowledge, can now provide any railroad or transit organization with a train and electrification control solution that fulfills its specific needs," said Jack Goldstein, SAIC group senior vice president. "This solution will combine design, modification, and full implementation of the system. We plan to market this software internationally to both transit and railroad organizations."
 The CETC system is the most advanced computer-aided train dispatching and control system in use today. As trains move into, through, and out of CETC territory, each train is tracked, monitored, and controlled.
 CETC has a data-base-driven system composed of three subsystems: the Central Traffic Control (CTC), the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), and the Simulator. The CTC subsystem processes and displays status indications to permit dispatchers to remotely control interlockings. The SCADA subsystem allows one person at one console to monitor power distribution and train movement to provide maximum coordination between the two activities, which improves traffic flow and provides safe train operation and separation.
 The simulator, a remarkably helpful feature of CETC, is used for off-line training of personnel, testing of software enhancements and data-base revisions. All this is accomplished without affecting real- time operations.
 By combining control of electric power and train movement in one system, CETC increases coordination between dispatchers and power directors.
 "Amtrak and SAIC believe this partnership to offer the CETC system to the public is ideally suited for the future of rail transportation," said Wander. The marketing agreement is an opportunity for Amtrak to "share its years of experience in ensuring its product will be implemented by a first rate systems organization," she added.
 SAIC, one of the largest employee-owned companies in the United States, is a national leader in health care, environment, transportation, energy, systems integration, space and national security. With annual revenues of $1.5 billion, the company has 15,300 employees in more than 250 locations worldwide.
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